Lawrence E. Ritchie
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Lawrence Ritchie recently re-joined Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto to chair it's national cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response practice group after a seven year absence, serving as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Canada's largest capital markets regulator. Larry also co-chairs the firm’s Capital Markets Regulatory Enforcement and Broker-Dealer practice.

Larry’s experience encompasses all aspects of enforcement, regulatory proceedings and related litigation, including class actions. His practice involves dispute avoidance and resolution across a range of capital markets, the financial sector and other regulated industries and activities. He advises public corporations, their directors, officers, and in-house counsel on avoiding, preparing for, managing and responding to extraordinary “crisis” situations, including regulatory actions and litigation, as well as conducting and responding to internal and regulatory investigations. He provides proactive corporate governance and other risk-management advice and advises clients on developments in capital markets regulation, governance and compliance, administrative law and practice. He also represents clients in addressing relevant matters with regulators, before administrative tribunal and in the courts, when necessary

At the OSC, Larry was a member of the Commission, its board of directors and the executive management and adjudicative committees. He chaired adjudicative panels that heard and decided enforcement and transaction related proceedings, regulatory policy matters and appeals of decisions of OSC staff and recognized self-regulatory organizations and acted as executive sponsor for the development of a number of important securities policies and rule-making initiatives. He represented the OSC at national and international bodies and organizations and, in particular, on the Joint Forum of Canada’s Financial Regulators, the North American Securities Administrators Association and at the International Organization of Securities Commissions. From 2009 to his return to the firm, Larry helped establish the Canadian Securities Transition Office, the federal statutory organization charged with leading the transition to a single national securities regulator. As an executive, he advised the Canadian federal Minister of Finance on, and assisted the Department of Finance with all aspects of that initiative including the proposed capital markets legislation and regulations and the development and operationalization of a national capital markets regulatory authority, including its governance and tribunal.

In 2015 Larry was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve on a 3 person expert panel to examine and provide recommendations on the mandate, structure and authorities of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Financial Services Tribunal and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario.

Larry is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaches at the Institute of Corporate Director’s Director’s Education Program and has lectured and written on various legal and regulatory topics. He received his BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Western Ontario, his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his LLM from the London School of Economics.